5 Dec. Final Portfolio W/S 3

Featured Image: The archive of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation

Thank you all for a wonderful first semester at GATech! You all produced well crafted and thoughtful projects that were a pleasure to read, and your contributions to class discussion were consistently insightful and thought provoking. Thank you so much for taking up and working through the ideas I presented this semester. We went a long way in thinking through how people can live in a world after nature. I wish you the best in throughout your time at Tech and on into your what will no doubt be your wonderful future careers!

Class Plan Video

The video covers the following topics:
  • 1. Housekeeping: Course Instructor Opinion Surveys and optional meeting times for Wednesday, Dec 6 and Thurs, Dec 7
  • 2. Final Review of Portfolio Requirements
  • 3. How to Create a Collection and Submit Portfolio to T-Square


  • 1. CIOS – The Course Instructor Opinion Survey
  • 2. I am free to meet via Skype tomorrow morning 9-12 and 11-2 in person in Stephen C. Hall #9 Thursday 11-2. Please email me for a 20 minute time slot.
  • 3. Podcasts are due to T-Square by 5:00 PM tonight, please email me with any questions. The submission requirements are available on the Podcast Assignment

Final Review of Portfolio Requirements

After you have finished your portfolio drafts, keep the following in mind as you review your work:
  • 1. Does your portfolio include a Reflective Introduction: Is the intro. published to its own, separate page 1200-1800 words and introduce your portfolio? Does it respond to the assignment prompt? Does the Reflective Introduction page strategically employ multimodal elements such as images, videos, audio files, and/or links in addition to the text?   
  • 2.Does your portfolio include an Artifact 0: Does the Artifact page include the Common First Week Video, any process documents, an introductory paragraph, and “Artifact Reflections” a-e? Can users play the video? 
  • 3. Does your portfolio include, Artifacts 1-3 (Visual Rendering, Literary Analysis, and Podcast): Do the Artifact pages 1-3 include the final draft of the Artifact, all process documents, the introductory paragraph, and “Artifact Reflections” a-e? 
  • 4. Does every page of the portfolio “efficiently use the affordances of the medium”? In other words, does the design and layout of your portfolio take audience into account?

19 Oct. Lit Analysis W/S

Part I. Workshop, Lit Analysis Essay

Open up your draft posts on your computers, moving from computer to computer, answer the following questions about your peers’ drafts in the comment section beneath the blog.
  • 1. What arguable claim does your peer’s essay draft make about The History of King Lear and Nature?
  • 2. How does your peer’s essay draft integrate the secondary source?
  • 3. What are the key terms in your peer’s essay and how does s/he define them?
  • 4. How does the close reading in the draft support/develop the claim? Does the close reading develop the argument through an attention to specific linguistic/rhetorical elements of the text?
  • 5. How does your peer plan to develop the workshop draft into the final draft?

Part II. Discussion, KL Scenes 20-24

Pick one of the four questions below and be prepared to point the chunk of text that best answers it:
  • 1.How and why does Edgar “trifle” (20.31) with his father’s “despair” (20.31) in Scene 20?
  • 2. How do Lear and Gloucester comfort one another?
  • 3.How does Lear die?
  • 4.Who gets the last word in The History of King Lear, and what is it

For Next Tuesday, Oct 24

We will cover the following next Tuesday, so be sure to watch Ep. 1 of the Walking Dead. Walking Dead is streaming on Netflix and you can buy the first season, streaming, not HD for $7.99 on Amazon. Remember, Walking Dead is gory and violent, so if you want to read the comics instead, email me and I will set you up with an alternative assignment.
  • 1. Provide an overview of the final unit Walking Dead/Podcast
  • 2. Assign teams
  • 3. Discuss Walking Dead Ep.1 and practice the first “group write”

17 Oct. Conclusions.


If you were absent last Thursday (10/12), download the Quiz, complete it, and return it to me at the start of class on Thursday (10/19): KL Quiz Scenes 8-19

The Final Draft of the Literary Analysis paper is 6-7 pages double spaced. I miscalculated the word count.

Part I. Reflecting on Annotation

Take five minutes to reflect on the following:
  • 1. What is my literary analysis essay claim?
  • 2.How can I incorporate the scholarly article I annotated into my paper?
  • 3. How does the annotation I completed compliment/challenge my understanding of The History of King Lear and/or key terms such as nature, Anthropocene, ecology, etc?

Part II. Writing to Avoid

Read each sentence and then briefly explain how to revise them.

  • 1. For many people, nature may seem closely associated with ecology, it certainly did for me before reading Timothy Morton’s essay. 
  • 2. An imagination of a place, in Morton’s own words, “over yonder”, “where the grass is greener” (The Ecological Thought, page 3).
  • From Morton’s perspective, ecology promotes the idea of a world interconnected like a “mesh”, in which all life is interconnected.
  • 3. On page three of Morton’s introduction he explains that “In order to have ecology we have to let go of nature”.
  • 4. He also distinguishes between nature and nature with the “capital N”. Humans have a tendency to believe that they are not apart of nature. That the interconnectedness between all species involves animals and plants in a nature untouched by humans.
  • 5. In Clark’s epilogue, Nature, Post Nature, he introduces to us the term Anthropocene and proceeds to explain how it questionably defines nature along with the human relationship. “The Anthropocene brings to an unavoidable point of stress the question of the nature of nature and of the human(Clark 79).”
  • 6. Morton in page 2 says referring to ecology, “It has to do with love, loss, despair, and compassion. It has to do with depression and psychosis.” According to Morton, people only think of the common green scenery of trees and other plants.
  • 7. He describes ecology as something that revolves around coexistence. Not only is it about the plants, animals, or minerals that occupy this planet. It is also about human beings and how we live with other human beings and our environment.

Part III. Conclusions

As we watch a portion of Scene 20, keep the following in mind:
  • 1. How Scene 20 start to wrap up the themes we’ve been examining throughout The History of King Lear conclude? Could the characters have done anything differently to change the final outcomes?
  • 2. How do you plan to conclude your paper? What are some characteristics of a successful conclusion? What do you still have time to do to effect the outcome of your papers?